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Comment: Re: Bricking or Tracking? (Score 2) 205

I'd recommend reading "The Conquest of Bread" by Peter Kropotkin.

My perspective is that governments and economies are command and control technologies for civilizations, and the ones we have are ill suited to a world without scarcity. They destroy wealth to make the system work as it is, and with the technologies emerging, it's going to become ridiculous. So, the imperative is to create a better command and control technology, one that is fair, makes everyone feel suitability represented, elevates the right people at the right time and works toward abundance instead of destroying it.

Comment: Re:Bricking or Tracking? (Score -1) 205

They want to prevent people from using new communication technology to self-organize and make the existing government obsolete.

Or maybe it's that I want to use mobile as a platform to develop new communication technology that will let people self-organize and make existing government obsolete, but this renders the enterprise pointless.

Yeah, probably that second one.

Comment: Re: Women should earn more than men. (Score 5, Insightful) 98

Am I the only one who looks at this and thinks, "Here's clear evidence that, contrary to popular rhetoric, there is a powerful pro-female bias in this society, and any underrepresentation and underfunding that exists can therefore be entirely attributed to, I won't say failings... attributed to the character, capabilities and choices of women"?

Comment: Re: Now this is funny. (Score 1) 109

by ShieldW0lf (#47658523) Attached to: Type 225 Words per Minute with a Stenographic Keyboard (Video)

Personally, I type faster than I speak and think faster than I can type. Much, much faster. I was forced to take touch typing in high school as a prerequisite for computer courses and despite being insulted at having to take a class I considered "secretary work" at the time, I now see it as the most useful course I ever took.

10 lines of code... dear God are you literally retarded? When I'm in the implantation phase I churn out literally thousands of lines of code in a day. You have to be making this up.

Comment: Re: A truly smart person ... (Score 3, Insightful) 391

by ShieldW0lf (#47657135) Attached to: Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

When you're not good at anything, you think everyone else is faking it. When you're gifted and you don't challenge yourself, you think you're good at everything. But, if you're gifted and challenge yourself regularly, you learn to acknowledge what you do and do not know. Once that happens, you claim the mastery that is your due, respect it when you see it in others, and lose patience with those who constantly want to dispute the validity of what you've become. You learn to despise the word "opinion", because you constantly have it thrown in your teeth by people whose ego is incapable of acknowledging that expertise exists at all, let alone acknowledge that you might have it.

At least, that's been my observation and experience. It's part of why I like volunteer work. When people are benefiting from your brilliance and watching you let others lead while you learn from them, they're less inclined to constantly challenge your capabilities, and more pleasant to be around. Purely social environments like bars and parties on the other hand, are a psychologically draining environment where bullshit flies, assertions are never compared against objective reality, and just listening to people talk threatens to make you stupider by normalizing a lack of rigor and discipline in acknowledging that you have areas of ignorance that no inherent brilliance can overcome.

Comment: Re: Why is (Score 2) 201

by ShieldW0lf (#47640339) Attached to: Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

I would hypothesize that, by preventing access from Linux users in such an easily defeated way, they shield themselves from legal responsibilities for proper functioning of the service on the multitude of Linux configurations out there, while still making it easy for the knowledgeable Linux user to pay their monthly fees and "make it work" on their own if they so desire. Which, really, is a win for everyone in the current environment.

Comment: Re: Interesting (Score 1) 322

When mankind needs a vertical hierarchy to make it strong, it chooses a leader to give it one. When that need is exhausted, if he fails to bow out gracefully, they call him a dictator. But they always choose him. If they need him and he doesn't arrive, the people become archeological remains. The perfect structure will make both transitions smooth and painless. Most people aren't able to see this clearly, and fall in love with one configuration and attack others blindly, without considering the local situation.

The number of arguments is unimportant unless some of them are correct. -- Ralph Hartley